Two Oklahoma Tax Commission indictments unsealed

| 2/10/2003

Two state indictments unsealed Feb. 5 allege that a former Oklahoma Tax Commission employee concealed a conflict of interest and illegally collected $7,000 in state pay and travel expenses, according to a statement from the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office.

The employee, Leon Qualls Jr. of Yukon, OK, is charged with conspiring against the state, obtaining money by false pretenses and perjury.

Tanya Qualls, his wife, and Byron McFall Jr., owner of Transport Services Link Inc., also were charged with conspiracy.

The three were charged Jan. 30 during the grand jury’s ongoing investigation into allegations of kickbacks and bribery among Oklahoma Tax Commission employees and service agents. Leon Qualls was a Tax Commission field auditor. Tanya Qualls owns Mustang Tag Agency in Yukon. McFall owned Transport Services Link Inc. in Oklahoma City, Yukon and Mustang.

According to Oklahoma Attorney General W.A. Drew Edmondson, the three are accused of conspiring to defraud the state by allowing Leon Qualls to prepare quarterly fuel tax returns for certain McFall clients and funneling the payments for his work through Mustang Tag Agency.

“As a Tax Commission employee, it was a conflict of interest for Leon Qualls to prepare these reports based on his position as a field auditor,” Edmondson said. “McFall would sign the returns that Leon Qualls prepared and pay Qualls through his Mustang Tag Agency.”

Leon Qualls also was indicted separately on nine counts of obtaining money or property by false pretenses and nine counts of perjury. According to Edmondson, Qualls filed nine false travel claims and perjured himself by filing nine other false travel claims totaling $7,202.

To date, the grand jury has indicted 11 people during its Tax Commission probe. The grand jury is scheduled to reconvene March 18.